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Relay For Life raises over $70,000 for Cancer Research
Tyler County Booster - May 2009
Last Friday night a Community came together with a common goal. The goal was to fight cancer and to celebrate life; and that’s exactly what Tyler County did. The citizens of Tyler County met at 6:00 pm at the Woodville Eagle Football track to kick-off the 2009 Relay for Life. Relay for Life has been in Tyler County for the last seven years. Each year the event gets bigger and draws larger crowds. There were 28 teams representing different local churches, businesses, schools, families and civic organizations. There were close to 100 cancer survivors signed up, and over $70,000 was raised!
Throughout the night the crowd of nearly 500 people were entertained with various local artists, with the main entertainment being the Zydeco band, Big Red and the Playmakers from
Hillister. The survivor’s speech came from Miss Meagan Sewell, a 6th grade student from Colmesneil. During the moving Luminary Ceremony there was a special power point presentation, called “My Reason for Relaying”. The power point was dedicated to the memory of Karen Rose Allison Bowlin. There was even a Mr. Relay Pageant, where Dr. Georgina McClusky from Woodville was crowned the beautiful winner. Our top overall team this year is the Cancer Stoppers from Colmesneil. This team raised over $13,000.
The top Business team was Citizens State Bank. The top School team was the Barkin’ Babes, from Colmesneil. The top Youth team was the Colmesneil Middle School. The top Civic organization was the Rotary team. The top Family/Friends team was The Krewe from Silsbee. The top Church team was St. Paul’s Holy Cows. Each year the Relay awards a Most Valuable Team Captain. This year the MVTC is Donna Spivey from the Gordon’s Pet Krewe team. The Legacy Award was given to ABWA for seven continuous years of participation from the beginning to the end of the event. Relay for Life is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The funds raised from this Tyler County event go directly to research and patient services. Most people do not realize their chance of getting some type of invasive cancer during their lifetime is one in three. With those odds, Tyler County will continue to do its part in working towards a cure for this dreadful disease.